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THE AFTERMATH
In the aftermath of the terrible, barbaric events in Paris what are we left with? For those who are directly affected and their families and friends there will be a range of feelings and emotions and an understandable and incalculable amount of grief.  For ...
THE AFTERMATH
THE AFTERMATH
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What terrible events in Paris and why do some of us feel so sad?
THE AFTERMATH
THE AFTERMATH
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THE AFTERMATH
In the aftermath of the terrible, barbaric events in Paris what are we left with? For those who are directly affected and their families and friends there will be a range of feelings and emotions and an understandable and incalculable amount of grief.  For ...
THE AFTERMATH
THE AFTERMATH
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WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
    "At the going down of the sun, we will remember them."  This Sunday the nation will fall silent as we remember all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in all conflicts and war over the years.   There will be a mixture of emotions from pride and r...
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
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Will you be grieving on Sunday? Contact me if you are.
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GRIEF AND THE RUBY WORLD CUP
Can grief really be associated with the Rugby World Cup? Surely it’s just a game?  To some it might be but to others it is life and death. Did you see the looks of utter distraught etched into some of those big, bruised faces at the final whistle when the realisation hit them that they had finally lost, that they were out?
At this point they realised that there is no going back. All the hopes dreams and expectations that they had for joy, achievement, success, self-esteem, fame, glory , money, opportunity, love, a better future, a better club, a better way of life or whatever, had just been lost. Added to these thoughts may have been a sense of guilt that they didn’t perform as they might have, that they dropped the ball or gave away a penalty at a vital moment, also perhaps, shame that they had let themselves down, their team down, their coach, their friends and family, their supporters, their country. And then sadness and possibly fear about repercussions and what the future may hold. All of this happens because they care deeply, which is the same for everyone. We cannot suffer loss without deep caring.
These are very real feelings and emotions that would be present in any loss. When you lose a relationship or a familiar pattern of behaviour or lose hopes, dreams and expectations then you will suffer with grief too.  How long it lasts and the extent of suffering will depend on what you do in the time that follows. You can intellectually rationalise it but your heart will still be broken. Ask any of the rugby players who heard, “Never mind”, “They were a better team”, “You played well”, “It wasn’t your day”, “There will be another chance” or “It’s only a game”.
After a loss a natural review process starts. The good points, the not so good. The “If only…” the “I wish…” These unfinished communications need to be completed and those players need to know that it is perfectly normal and natural to feel sad despite their tough exteriors and that what they are feeling is grief.  A word to the wise though, don’t grieve alone, don’t try and be strong for yourself or for others, don’t throw yourself into some activity to keep busy, and don’t avoid the feelings and emotions. Time will lessen the pain if you take actions to emotionally complete with your loss.  You will never forget but you need to be able to move forward to the next game, to the next opportunity, maybe the next World Cup when the memory of this loss may actually help to inspire and encourage you to do what you have to do rather than to hold you back in pain and misery. Whatever your loss it is Okay to feel grief and sadness.
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If you would like to talk to Sue about loss and grief please contact her through Facebook at Grief Recovery Today or email on sue@griefrecoverytoday.com
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Grief and the rugby world cup -  a blog
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